Before the rain returns, enjoy a beautiful spring weekend in Denver. The next few days are packed with activities as markets open all over town in time for Mother’s Day. And yes, Selfie WRLD is opening in Westminster.
Live theater is back, as is jazz in Five Points. And even if you missed First Friday, there’s plenty of art to see (see our list of art events here). Keep reading for fifteen of the best things to do this first weekend of May 2021.
Moms and Mimosas
Saturday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Outlets at Castle Rock
Take Mom to the Outlets at Castle Rock (or drop her off there if she needs a break) for a full day of shopping and relaxation. A $15 Moms and Mimosas ticket will get her a $10 gift card, access to a private lounge, a goodie bag, exclusive shopping coupons, giveaway entries, a mimosa or other cocktail (she can buy more to benefit the day’s special nonprofit organization) and more. Register for a check-in time slot here.
Weekends on Main: Second Saturday Stroll & Shop,
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Main Street corridor, Rio Grande West to Rapp Street/Santa Fe Drive, Littleton
Downtown Littleton is wooing shoppers back to Main Street with two ongoing summer events — Weekends on Main and a Second Saturday Stroll & Shop — that both kick off this weekend. Main Street will be closed to traffic through Saturday evening every weekend for effortless strolling, shopping and dining along the town’s charming Main Street (and yes, a silent disco from 6 to 10 p.m.); monthly Second Saturdays will add artisan and vintage vendor booths during the day. Find parking info and more details here.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Five Points
Saturday, May 8, 3 to 9 p.m.
2400-2700 Welton Street
The city’s venerable Cinco de Mayo celebration and the newly created First Friday Five Points Jazz Hop come together for a two-day series of free concerts along Welton Street. Not only will jazz artists play music with Latin flavor, but people will be able to learn salsa steps in the Five Points Plaza. Performers include Conjunto Colores, Los Chicos Malos, DJ Ricky O and Westword award winners Los Mocochetes. Find the full schedule here.
Queens Girl in the World
Saturday, May 8, 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 East Colfax Avenue, Aurora
The Aurora Fox’s doors are open to theater-goers for a ’60s-era coming-of-age story by Caleen Sinnette Jennings about a middle-class Black teenager who leaves her school in Queens to attend a progressive private school in Greenwich Village with a predominantly Jewish student body. In the backdrop? The burgeoning civil rights movement and a lot of sweet Motown tunes. Actress and comedian Janae Burris stars and April Axé Charmaine directs; find details and tickets, $15 to $40 here.
Through May 8, online
The inaugural ReelAbilities Denver film festival wraps up Saturday with a program of eight films about issues surrounding disability and creativity along with a series of pre-recorded panel discussions with local community activists and artists. Code of the Freaks takes on the representation of disabled people in Hollywood history, Spectrum: A Story of the Mind is a live-action and animated film looking at sensory issues faced by people with autism, and Jmaxx and the Universal Language is a documentary about a teenager with autism who uses hip-hop dance to connect with the world. All screenings and related discussions are presented with accessibility in mind. Get tickets and the full schedule here.
Saturday, May 8, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Del Mar Park, 312 Del Mar Circle, Aurora
James Grevious and a bunch of kids who discovered an affinity for gardening in his backyard produce beds took their micro-farm to the next level last summer by organizing Rebel Marketplace, a monthly inner-city farmers’ market in Del Mar Park in Aurora. It’s back for a second season, opening just in time for Mother’s Day, with fresh produce, plant starts, microgreens, mulch, baked goods and herbal remedies. See what’s in store here.
Spring Horseshoe Market
Saturday, May 8, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Berkeley Chapel, 4345 West 46th Avenue
The Horseshoe Market goes full circle to the parking lot where it all began on Tennyson Street, at what’s now called Berkeley Chapel; after more than a decade, this market that promises “Lucky Finds” is as charming as ever. It reopens for 2021 with a manageable contingent of seventy handpicked vendors offering handmade wares, art, antiques, food items and vintage clothing. Admission is free; learn more here.
Selfie WRLD Denver
Opening Saturday, May 8, 11 to 9 p.m.
Orchard Town Center, Westminster
The nineteenth location of Selfie WRLD — the first in Colorado — opens at the Orchard Town Center where interactive art installation and backgrounds allow you to create your own selfie experience. Sign up for a one-hour slot; tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children. Learn more here.
North Side Market
Saturday, May 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Monkey Barrel, 4401 Tejon Street
This neighborhood Latino market is dedicated to helping local businesses. Listen to Latino music, eat Latino food, and just enjoy a beautiful sunny day. Find out more here.
Saturday, May 8, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
2745 Welton Street
Urban Sanctuary will host an informal, socially distanced open house to celebrate the Denver yoga studio’s newly expanded space and new course offering geared to the BIPOC and LGBTQ+ community. Urban Sanctuary is led by Ali Duncan, a former police officer turned yoga instructor who has made inclusion and equality her lifelong mission. Thirty-minute Gentle Yoga classes are offered at 2 and 3 p.m.; find out more here.
2021 Spring Show: ComePassion
Saturday, May 8, 7 p.m., Sunday, May 9, 3 p.m.
Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre, 119 Park Avenue West
The final performance of Cleo Parker Robinson Dance’s fiftieth-anniversary season will be in person (and also streamed online), and will both highlight the struggles of the past year and look forward to the future. Get tickets and find out more at cleoparkerdance.org.
Saturday, May 8, 4 to 9 p.m.
6785 East Chenango Avenue
TheBigWonderful is back, this week featuring That Damn Sasquatch and the Daniella Katzir Band; there will also be food trucks and a Beer Garden Bar offering craft beer and craft cocktails. Admission is $15 ($20 at the door), and drinks are extra — unless you buy the $45 open-bar ticket ($50 at the door). Get them here.
Through Sunday, May 9, online
Theater and documentary collide in CO2020, the Boulder Ensemble Theatre Company’s latest production, which zeroes in on how Coloradans responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and the Movement for Black Lives in 2020. This was the first time that BETC created a virtual documentary theater effort; the project, which is now revived by popular demand, was almost a year in the making. More than fifty people were interviewed for the 75 hours of video that were condensed into this amazing piece. “These stories subvert our assumptions about people, and about what a narrative of 2020 looks like,” says John Moore, one of six co-creators. Get Pay-what-you-can tickets, $10 and up, here.
CoronaVox: Stories From the Front
Now through May, online
In the style of Phamaly’s past “Vox Phamalia” programs, CoronaVox: Stories From the Front is a compilation of theatrical pieces created and performed by over fifty Phamaly writers and actors. They’re based on fellow community members and their unique experiences during COVID-19, particularly essential workers who have been the unsung heroes of the pandemic: a health-care worker, a teacher, a food preparer, a caregiver and more. In classic Phamaly fashion, the stories come to life with vitality, respect, humor and heart, demonstrating that even during the darkest of times, we can find light in human connection and storytelling. Tickets start at $20; get them here.
Small Mouth Sounds
Now through May 30
Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, Arvada
The Arvada Center is reopening for live performances with this production of Small Mouth Sounds, postponed from 2020. The poignant off-Broadway hit follows six participants at a silent yoga retreat and their attempts to connect and solve the problems of their lives. Tickets are $45 to $50; get them here.
Know of a great event around town? We’ll be updating this list through the weekend; send information to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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